Barbecue Wood Chips Flavour Guide

Wood

What it offers

Beef

Ribs

Pork

Ham

Poultry

Game

Seafood

Cheese

Alder

Fragrant and delicate, sweet, musky smoke

Almond

Hickory imparts a nutty and sweet flavour

Apple

Is the sweetest and strongest of fruitwoods

Apricot

A little milder and sweeter than Hickory

Ash

Fast burning, with a light smoke flavour

Beech

Similar to Oak, mild and goes with most meat

Birch

Similar to Maple but not as hard, burns faster

Black Walnut

Intense smoke, slightly bitter like walnuts

Cherry

Slightly sweet and fruity, good for dark meats

Chestnut

Slightly sweet with a nutty smoke flavour

Crabapple

Rich and fruity, similar to apple with greater smoke

Grape Vines

Tart and milder than Hickory, Aromatic like all fruitwood

Guava

Floral fruity smoke similar to Apple, good all-rounder

Hickory

Adds full rich sweet strong bacon flavour

Lemon

Tangy, medium citrus smoke with fruitiness

Lilac

Very light smoke flavour, with a hint of floral

Lime

Medium smoke flavour with a hint of fruitiness

Maple

Mildly smokey imparting a sweet light taste ideal for poultry

Mesquite

A strong wood leaving an aromatic smokey flavour

Mulbury

Mild smoke with a sweet, tangy blackberry flavour

Nectarine

Milder and sweeter than Hickory, similar to Apricot

Oak

Ideal for all meats, good for slow smoking

Olive

Smokey flavour similar to Mequite but lighter

Orange

Tangy, citrus smoke with medium flavour

Peach

Slightly sweet, compliments fish and perfect for salmon

Pear

Great with Poultry, slightly sweet with woodsy flavour

Pecan

Similar to Hickory but sweeter and milder, with nutty taste

Persimmon

Medium smoke, perfect for ribs & brisket

Pimento

Also known as Allspice, used with Jerk Chicken & Pork


Never use coniferous or evergreen wood. The tars and resins present in the wood are harmful and distasteful for smoking or barbecuing.

Cedar Not for burning!, only use for planking, soak cedar planks overnight in water, season salmon (or any other fish) and place on the cedar plank on the barbecue and cook on an indirect heat.